2014

College Basketball Fans Encouraged to Vote for Naismith Student Section of the Year Award Over 250 Colleges and Universities from 33 Conferences Vying for Award that Includes a $10,000 General Scholarship Fund Donation

ATLANTA, Jan. 22, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the college basketball season heating up, the buzz is growing in anticipation of NCAA® March Madness® and the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, where fans across the nation will have a say in determining the best student section in college basketball.

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Fans can vote for the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award in three ways:

  1. Via a direct link: www.mystudentsectionrocks.com or http://bit.ly/1fzbsNx
  2. Via College Colors on Facebook: www.facebook.com/collegecolors
  3. Via Twitter: Using your designated school-specific hashtag and #beststudentsection within a tweet. School-specific hashtags can be found upon placing an initial vote at www.mystudentsectionrocks.com.

The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, which is presented through a partnership between the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), the licensing affiliate of IMG College, and the Atlanta Tipoff Club, administrators of the Naismith Awards, is dedicated to celebrating student fans that support their college basketball team with passion and devotion.

The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award will be determined through two rounds of public voting, combined with a scoring of the finalists by the Naismith Awards Board of Selectors. The Board of Selectors will review criteria such as rank during the two rounds of public voting, video submission showcasing the spirit of the student section, any organized efforts to promote voting for the award, as well as the group's support of any philanthropic organization during the season. Complete details on the selection process can be found at facebook.com/collegecolors.

"We couldn't be more pleased with the level of participation and excitement surrounding the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award as the contest enters its third year," said Eric Oberman, Executive Director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club. "Now is the time for students, alumni, and fans of these schools across the country to make their votes count and help push their schools to victory."

"College basketball student sections embody the energy, passion and enthusiasm that create a uniquely coveted home court advantage, and we want to celebrate that," added Catherine Gammon, Senior Vice President of Brand Development for CLC. "We are encouraging all fans to make sure the students of their favorite school are recognized for the spirit they display by casting votes daily."

Besides bragging rights, the winning student section earns a $10,000 donation to their school's general scholarship fund and will be honored during a home basketball game. In addition, the school with the highest number of public votes in each represented conference will earn a $250 donation to their school.

The 2014 campaign marks the third year of the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award. The University of Kansas won the inaugural award in 2012, while Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) took home top honors in 2013.

Participating schools include:


Abilene Christian         

Kansas State 

San Jose State    

Air Force          

Kennesaw State    

Santa Clara

Alabama           

Kent State

Savannah State      

Alabama A&M          

Kentucky

Seattle              

Alcorn State          

La Salle

Siena         

Arizona           

Lamar

SIU Edwardsville       

Arizona State           

Lehigh

SMU       

Arkansas          

Liberty

South Alabama       

Arkansas State           

Lipscomb

South Carolina

Army          

Long Beach State

South Carolina State     

Auburn          

Longwood

South Carolina Upstate       

Ball State           

Louisiana at Lafayette

South Dakota State             

Baylor           

Louisiana Tech

South Florida    

Belmont          

Louisville

Southeastern                

Bethune-Cookman           

Loyola Chicago

Southern            

Binghamton          

Loyola Maryland

Southern Illinois  

Boise State           

Loyola Marymount

Southern Miss         

Boston College          

LSU

Southern Utah          

Boston University          

Maine

Stephen F. Austin     

Bowling Green           

Manhattan

Stetson             

Bradley          

Marist

Stony Brook       

Bryant               

Marshall

Syracuse       

Bucknell               

Maryland

TCU         

Butler          

Massachusetts

Temple                

BYU           

McNeese State

Tennessee      

Cal          

Memphis

Tennessee State       

Cal Poly          

Mercer

Tennessee Tech        

Cal State Bakersfield          

Miami  (FL)

Texas      

Cal State Fullerton               

Miami (OH)

Texas A&M    

Cal State Northridge           

Michigan

Texas A&M - Corpus Christi   

Canisius               

Middle Tennessee State

Texas Southern          

Central Michigan               

Minnesota

Texas State 

Charlotte               

Mississippi State

Toledo              

Chattanooga               

Mississippi Valley

Towson            

Cincinnati          

Missouri

Troy                  

Citadel (The)           

Missouri State

Tulane                 

Clemson                

Monmouth

Tulsa                

Cleveland State               

Montana

UAB                

Colorado                

Montana State

UALR        

Colorado State           

Mount St. Mary's

UAPB              

Columbia               

Murray State

UC Davis      

Coppin State               

Nebraska

UC Irvine  

Creighton               

Nevada

UC Santa Barbara             

Davidson  

New Hampshire

UCF

Delaware

New Mexico

UCLA

Denver      

New Mexico State

UConn

Detroit          

Niagara

UIW

Drexel       

North Dakota

ULM

Duquesne       

North Dakota State

UMass Lowell

East Carolina    

North Texas

UMBC

East Tennessee State    

Northern Arizona

UMES

Eastern Illinois    

Northern Colorado

UMKC

Eastern Kentucky   

Northern Iowa

UNC Asheville

Eastern Michigan           

Northern Kentucky

UNCG

Fairfield           

Northwestern

UT Arlington

Fairleigh Dickinson 

Oakland

Utah

Florida A&M  

Ohio

Utah State

Florida Atlantic      

Oklahoma

Utah Valley

Florida Gulf Coast 

Oklahoma State

UTEP

Florida International      

Old Dominion

UT Martin

Fordham     

Ole Miss

UTPA

Fresno State    

Omaha

UTSA

Furman 

Oregon

Valparaiso

Georgetown       

Oregon State

Vanderbilt

Georgia State

Pacific

VCU

Georgia Tech   

Penn

Vermont

Gonzaga     

Penn State

Villanova

Grambling  

Pittsburgh

Virginia

Grand Canyon

Portland State

Virginia Tech

Green Bay      

Prairie View A&M

Wagner

Hartford      

Providence

Wake Forest

Hawaii   

Purdue 

Washington State

Holy Cross    

Quinnipiac

Weber State

Idaho    

Rhode Island

West Virginia

Idaho State    

Rice

Western Carolina

Illinois            

Richmond

Western Michigan

Illinois State         

Rider

Wichita State

Indiana    

Sacramento State

William & Mary

Iowa   

Saint Joseph's

Wisconsin

Iowa State  

Saint Louis

WKU

IPFW        

Saint Mary's (CA)

Wofford

Jackson State  

Sam Houston State

Wright State

Jacksonville 

Samford

Xavier

Jacksonville State    

San Diego State  

Youngstown State

Kansas  

San Francisco


About the Collegiate Licensing Company
CLC is a division of global sports and entertainment company IMG. Founded in 1981, CLC is the oldest and largest collegiate trademark licensing agency in the U.S. and currently represents nearly 200 colleges, universities, bowl games, athletic conferences, The Heisman Trophy and the NCAA. The mission of CLC is to be the guiding force in collegiate trademark licensing and one of the top sports licensing firms in the country. CLC is dedicated to being a center of excellence in providing licensing services of the highest quality to its member institutions, licensees, retailers and consumers. Headquartered in Atlanta, CLC is a full-service licensing representative, which employs a staff of more than 90 licensing professionals who provide full-service capabilities in brand protection, brand management, and brand development. For more information on CLC, visit: CLC.com or IMGCollege.com.

About The Atlanta Tipoff Club
The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, is committed to promoting the game of basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting. The Atlanta Tipoff Club, founded during the 1956-57 season, has presented the Naismith Trophy every year since UCLA's Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969. Old Dominion's Anne Donovan won the inaugural Women's Naismith Trophy in 1983.

The Naismith Award has become the most prestigious award in all of college basketball, recognizing the Men's and Women's College Basketball Player of the Year, Men's and Women's College Basketball Coach of the Year, as well as awards for outstanding achievement in high school basketball, officiating, and contribution to the game.

SOURCE Collegiate Licensing Company



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